Studs Terkel on the Sound of a Human Voice

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 5:20 am

Studs Terkel on the Sound of a Human Voice

Studs Terkel is legend in the world of public media. The late oral historian interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life during his lifetime. You could say he’s a connoisseur of the human voice.

In this era of Auto-Tuned singing and electronic guidance systems and mic’d elementary school teachers, we can feel disconnected from each other. Human contact is a one-off. This animated short from StoryCorps shares one of Mr. Terkel’s hope-filled stories about the power of the unfiltered human voice, a baby’s voice, in our modern life.

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as chief content officer and executive editor. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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